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Seeing the crab : a memoir of dying

by Middlebrook, Christina.

Format: Print Book 1996
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 92 MIDDLEBROOK
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Non-fiction
Call Number  92 MIDDLEBROOK
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In its gritty intelligence and unflinching honesty, Middlebrook's account of her struggle with stage IV metastatic breast cancer--a death sentence for most so diagnosed and for her a journey to the edge of death--is both horrific and wonderful. Neither upbeat in offering psychic prescriptions for the terminally ill nor abstract in evoking planes of transcendental higher consciousness, it details her whole battle and outstandingly the grueling bone marrow transplant that was her last, desperate bid for life. During the transplant, she endured 25 days in reverse isolation (during which others could enter but, because her immune system was too compromised, she could not leave her relatively sterile hospital room), waiting for her previously harvested peripheral stem cells to rescue her from a death nearly brought on by high-dose chemotherapy. Throughout her ordeal, Middlebrook thought of herself as a young "grunt" --a boy-soldier of her imagination--surviving not by wit or wisdom, but by sheer endurance and determination. Harrowing and healing, her book deserves to find a wide audience. --Whitney Scott"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In 1991, Middlebrook, a Jungian therapist in San Francisco, was diagnosed with premenopausal breast cancer and, after a mastectomy, told she had a 50% chance of living two years. In this spare and honest memoir, the author details the physical and emotional rigors of the treatment she has undergone, including radiation, high-dose chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant after the cancer reoccurred in her spine. Middlebrook ably conveys her resentment toward those who present a relentlessly upbeat attitude and refuse to recognize her feelings. Although the author's husband, children and good friends are loving and supportive, her mother and sister, who always shied away from closeness, are unable to provide comfort. At present diagnosed with stage-IV cancer ("inevitably fatal"), Middlebrook accepts, with both anger and candor, that her death from cancer is inevitable-while striving to keep as much richness in her remaining time as possible. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Middlebrook, Christina -- Health.
Breast -- Cancer -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :BasicBooks,1996
Language English
Description xii, 212 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN 0465074936
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